Aviation has been considered by many in the climate movement to be incompatible with a livable climate for future generations.
Based on an in-depth analysis, this presentation will explore the possibility that aviation at the scale predicted by mid-century is compatible with effective climate mitigation.
Climate mitigation has been considered particularly challenging for aviation, in part due to the difficulty of electrification. Biofuels produced from ligno-cellulosic feedstocks, in conjunction with operational changes to avoid contrails and nitrogen oxide emissions, have the potential to create a low-carbon or even a carbon-negative aviation sector.
Thomas Cheney is currently working towards a Master's degree in Environmental Studies at the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George, BC. His research is examining the potential of wood-based biofuels to displace fossil fuels used in district heating systems during high demand periods. He has a Bachelors of Arts in Environmental Studies with a Minor in Economics. A life-long interest in transportation in combination with a concern related to environment and climate change in particular has made him interested in potential mitigation strategies for the aviation sector.
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